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Glasgow Caledonian University embeds Diabetes UK resources into adult nursing curriculum

Judith Kennon Jennifer Rankin

To equip Scotland’s next generation of nurses to effectively support people living with or at risk of diabetes, we have teamed up with Glasgow Caledonian University and taken an innovative approach. 

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the largest providers of both undergraduate and postgraduate nurse education in Scotland.

The ethos of the Department of Nursing & Community Health is ‘improving lives’ and courses aim to develop nurses able to deliver person-centred, safe and effective care, working with other professions and agencies in an ever-changing and complex healthcare environment. 

Through a blend of a blend of online and face-to-face teaching, students develop a range of vital skills, from the delivery of health education for individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, to delivering complex care for people with multiple, acute or long-term conditions including diabetes. 

In Scotland, almost 340,000 people live with a diagnosis of diabetes, of which about 10% are living with type 1 diabetes, approximately 88% are living with type 2, and 2% with the other forms of the condition. An estimated 1.1 million people in Scotland are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Glasgow Caledonian University prides itself on its students learning using a diverse range of techniques and approaches and Diabetes Scotland values the opportunity to be involved in GCU’s collaborative approach to equipping Scotland’s next generation of nurses to effectively support people living with or at risk of diabetes. 

Judith Kennon, Health System Engagement Manager at Diabetes Scotland said: 

“Diabetes UK has developed a range free digital e-learning modules. The modules are RCN-accredited and designed to increase knowledge about diabetes and help non-specialist healthcare professionals develop skills to effectively support people living with or at risk of diabetes.  

“Ongoing learning and development is important to help keep on top of developments in diabetes care and treatment.” 

Jennifer Rankin, Lecturer in Nursing & Community Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University cannot speak highly enough of Diabetes UK’s modules. Jennifer said: 

“The Diabetes UK CPD education package is a fantastic interactive educational platform for the year 2 undergraduate adult nursing students at GCU, providing interactive, flexible learning materials.

"Students have been able to build on the knowledge gained through the education package within their tutorials and clinical skills sessions on campus to create the depth of knowledge and understanding that will equip them for their practice learning experiences.” 

Find out about Diabetes UK training courses and opportunities for healthcare professionals.

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